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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 08-10-09, 08:15 AM   #1
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OSA-Obstructive Sleep Apnea Update

Several months ago I posted about being diagnosed with OSA, obstructive sleep apnea. That was 12/31/08. Before sleep therapy with a CPAP machine my rides suffered because my body was not regenerating at night with the proper deep REM sleep. The constant awakings gasping for breath and getting up to use the bathroom multiple times during the night made for a miserable day. Once treatment began on 1/2/09 my oxygen saturation levels have returned back to normal. During the OSA my o2 Sat. levels dropped to 72%. Not good for your brain and body organs. Now it is back in the upper 90% range and I get a full deep sleep lasting 6-8 hours and I awake fresh and my sore muscles are relaxed. What I did not expect was weight GAIN. Since I was lying still all night rather than tossing and turning and getting up all night (buring calories at night) I gained 11 pounds from January to April. Not my objective. Once I recognized what was happening I began to back off the extra food and watched what I ate and ate less of what I did eat I have lost the 11 pounds and then 5 more since April. I cannot say enough how this therapy has helped my overall health. I may have to continue using it, but a small price to pay to avoid a possible stroke, hearth attack, or any other health related issues that sleep apnea may attribute. I say all of that to say if you snore alot and wake up feeling more tired than when you went to bed there is a good chance you have OSA. It may not be as severe as mine was, but a sleep study is worth the cost to find out. I still weigh 253, but dropping. I got as high as 266 back on April. My age is 56 so I fall in that category of potential OSA patients.
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Old 08-11-09, 08:27 AM   #2
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Yeah baby, cpap user for 3 year's love it.
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Old 08-11-09, 12:17 PM   #3
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same here cpap user for 11 years
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Good to hear guys that you are getting treatment. I was hoping someone who may suffer and don't really know it will read my post and get checked.
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I sent these posts on to my best friend who at 62 years old, just found out he has OSA. He's not a cyclist, but the positive reports about that machine will be a blessing to him. He was pretty shaken up by the OSA diagnosis. Thanks for these positive posts.

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Nearly 8 years here... The CPAP's a lifesaver/life giver. Was diagnosed at 32, now 40 and doing my 1st week long bike ride (Cycle Oregon 2009). 7 days, 400+ miles (and several thousand feet elevation gain.

If people tell you that when you are sleeping you're gasping for breath, get yourself into the doctor's office, and get yourself a sleep study. It really can mean life or death.

Keep Breathing!
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I've been using a CPAP for about 10 years and I wouldn't take a million, literally a million, dollars for it. It has really made my life so much better--just feeling better. I am always trying to encourage people to GET A SLEEP STUDY. It was the best thing I ever did.
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Glad to hear the good reports. I probably waited a couple of years too long to finally get checked, but better late than never.
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5 years here and it is awesome! i sleep great and feel great every day!
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4 years CPAP for me and I never sleep without it. Best thing ever.
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I took a sleep study, results showed I wake up several times a night due to my very loud snoring, the doctor is trying to get my insurance company to approve a CPAP machine, they may not because I don't have true sleep apnea, but I'm at a great risk for developing it. I too suffer from lack of REM sleep.
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I took a sleep study, results showed I wake up several times a night due to my very loud snoring, the doctor is trying to get my insurance company to approve a CPAP machine, they may not because I don't have true sleep apnea, but I'm at a great risk for developing it. I too suffer from lack of REM sleep.
if your insurance company doesn't pull through for you, I hope you consider a used CPAP. I've seen some on Kijiji and craiglist for 200-400 dollars. Electric motors are notoriously reliable, and electronic circuit board ( ones with no moving parts) are pretty reliable too. so its likely that you'll do well with such a purchase.

A couple years ago, I bought a reconditioned CPAP for $300 US, where the new ones in my city would cost me $1800-$2200 canadian.

I hope this helps.
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I took a sleep study, results showed I wake up several times a night due to my very loud snoring, the doctor is trying to get my insurance company to approve a CPAP machine, they may not because I don't have true sleep apnea, but I'm at a great risk for developing it. I too suffer from lack of REM sleep.
Get your doctor's prescription and fax it to CPAP.COM. They beat any price from a medical equipment place. It also sounds like you should get an adjustable machine, because too much forced air is just as bad as not enough. I would recommend any machine made by ResMed. The doc should put the range of air for you to try.
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